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James Kirkwood

Also Credited As: James Kirkwood, Jr.
 
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Date of Death: April 21, 1989

Birth Place: Hollywood, CA, USA
 

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James Kirkwood Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1976 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
James Kirkwood, A Chorus Line
 
Olivier Awards - 1976 - Musical of the Year Gold Star
James Kirkwood , A Chorus Line
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding New American Play
James Kirkwood, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1975 - Best Musical Gold Star
James Kirkwood, A Chorus Line

James Kirkwood News

Laguna Playhouse to Present A CHORUS LINE Photo Laguna Playhouse to Present A CHORUS LINE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

Laguna Playhouse will present one of the greatest and most celebrated musicals of all time, A CHORUS LINE, conceived and originally directed & choreographed by Michael Bennett, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed and choreographed by Luis Villabon. 

How Many Musicals Have Won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? See the List Here! Photo How Many Musicals Have Won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? See the List Here!
by BWW Features - Apr 30, 2022

Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop, the most recent musical to take home the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, has just opened on Broadway! Only 10 musicals in history have been honored with the coveted award. 

SORTEOS BWW: Te invitamos a ver A CHORUS LINE en el Teatre Tívoli de Barcelona Photo SORTEOS BWW: Te invitamos a ver A CHORUS LINE en el Teatre Tívoli de Barcelona
by Elena Díaz-Guerra - Apr 29, 2022

El musical dirigido por Antonio Banderas y Baayork Lee y protagonizado por Manuel Bandera.

V√ćDEO: Antonio Banderas y el elenco de A CHORUS LINE interpretan ‚ÄúEspero Conseguir Photo V√ćDEO: Antonio Banderas y el elenco de A CHORUS LINE interpretan ‚ÄúEspero Conseguirlo‚ÄĚ
by Elena Díaz-Guerra - Apr 27, 2022

La primera grabaci√≥n en espa√Īol del musical ya est√° disponible en CD en Espa√Īa y en todas las plataformas digitales de m√ļsica a nivel mundial.

A CHORUS LINE se presenta en Barcelona Photo A CHORUS LINE se presenta en Barcelona
by Elena Díaz-Guerra - Apr 21, 2022

El musical, producido y codirigido por Antonio Banderas, podrá verse en en el Teatre Tívoli de Barcelona a partir del 23 de abril.

BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Titusville Playhouse Photo BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Titusville Playhouse
by Joseph Harrison - Apr 9, 2022

A CHORUS LINE, the hit Broadway musical about performers auditioning for a Broadway show played for 6,137 performances in its original run due to several factors. Audiences simply connected with the characters on stage and related to their lives, their experiences, and their passion for pursuing their dreams. Add in a fabulous and catchy score and some amazing choreography and you have a recipe for an enthralling musical ‚Äď in fact, one of the most popular musicals of all time. It is not surprising, then, that the Titusville Playhouse selected this classic to present as its latest production ‚Äď providing audiences with an emotional, energetic, and wildly entertaining production that thrills from the first moments to the last.

PHX Theatre Announces 103rd Season Lineup Photo PHX Theatre Announces 103rd Season Lineup
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

The Phoenix Theatre Company's seasonwill kick off in August and includes nine shows ranging from classic musicals like A Chorus Line and family favorites like Cinderella to the world-premiere of Tiananmen.

San Francisco Playhouse Announces 20th Season Photo San Francisco Playhouse Announces 20th Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 4, 2022

San Francisco Playhouse announced today the six plays that will comprise its 2022/23 Season. This marks the company’s 20th season since its founding in 2003 and celebrates the company’s commitment to producing bold, challenging, and uplifting plays and musicals for the Bay Area community. The season will begin in September 2022.

A CHORUS LINE vuelve a Barcelona Photo A CHORUS LINE vuelve a Barcelona
by Elena Díaz-Guerra - Mar 25, 2022

El musical, producido y codirigido por Antonio Banderas, podrá verse en en el Teatre Tívoli de Barcelona a partir de abril.

Original Spanish Cast Recording Of Antonio Banderas' A CHORUS LINE Available Today Photo Original Spanish Cast Recording Of Antonio Banderas' A CHORUS LINE Available Today
by Stephi Wild - Mar 18, 2022

The official cast album of Antonio Banderas, Teatro del Soho CaixaBank and John Breglio's acclaimed Spanish production of A Chorus Line, the first-ever Spanish language recording of the iconic musical, is available on CD in Spain and on streaming and digital platforms worldwide.

James Kirkwood Videos

VIDEO: Watch an All New Lyric Video For 'One' From A CHORUS LINE, in Honor of the Sho VideoVIDEO: Watch an All New Lyric Video For 'One' From A CHORUS LINE, in Honor of the Show's 45th Anniversary
by Stage Tube - Jul 27, 2020

In celebration of the 45th Anniversary of A Chorus Line this past weekend (July 25th) a new lyric video was released for the song a?oeOne.a??

VIDEO: Antonio Banderas Teaches Conan Choreography From A CHORUS LINE VideoVIDEO: Antonio Banderas Teaches Conan Choreography From A CHORUS LINE
by Stage Tube - Feb 4, 2020

Oscar nominee Antonio Banderas was a guest on Monday night's episode of Conan. During the interview, he spoke about the  theater he bought in his hometown of Malaga, Spain. Banderas told Conan about how the theater opened with a production of A Chorus Line, where he played Zach. Banderas even sshowed Conan some of his dance moves from the production!

Exclusive Video: Get A First Look At Antonio Banderas In A CHORUS LINE VideoExclusive Video: Get A First Look At Antonio Banderas In A CHORUS LINE
by Alan Henry - Nov 13, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production of A CHORUS LINE now on stage in Spain, co-directed by and starring Antonio Banderas!

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Get a First Look at Signature Theatre's A CHORUS LINE VideoPHOTOS/VIDEO: Get a First Look at Signature Theatre's A CHORUS LINE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 7, 2019

BroadwayWorld has your first look at Signature Theatre's A Chorus Line! Check out the photos and video!

VIDEO: Preview Denis Jones' New Choreography for Signature's A CHORUS LINE VideoVIDEO: Preview Denis Jones' New Choreography for Signature's A CHORUS LINE
by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2019

Signature Theatre¬†stages A Chorus Line¬†with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by¬†Edward Kleban¬†and book by¬†James Kirkwood Jr. & Nicholas Dante.¬†A Chorus Line¬†will run from October 29, 2019 a?" January 5, 2020 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre and will be directed by¬†Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner¬†(Signature's¬†Passion, Billy Elliot) and choreographed by Tony Award¬ģ nominee¬†Denis Jones¬†(Broadway's¬†Tootsie, Signature's¬†Crazy for You).

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Signature Theatre's A CHORUS LINE VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Signature Theatre's A CHORUS LINE
by Alan Henry - Oct 18, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Signature Theatre's rehearsals for A Chorus Line with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and book by James Kirkwood Jr. & Nicholas Dante. A Chorus Line will run from October 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre and will be directed by Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Signature's Passion, Billy Elliot) and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Denis Jones (Broadway's Tootsie, Signature's Crazy for You).

Summer Flashback: A CHORUS LINE Opens on Broadway! VideoSummer Flashback: A CHORUS LINE Opens on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 26, 2019

A five, six, seven, eight! The legendary original production of A Chorus Line celebrates the 44th anniversary of its opening night this week. In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the opening of the show's revival featuring Tony Yazbeck, Jason Tam, Charlotte d'Amboise, and more! Check out the video to see what the show's cast did for love!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At ONCE at Cape Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At ONCE at Cape Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Jul 11, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Cape Playhouse at the Cape Cod Center for the Arts production of the Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Olivier award winning musical Once.

Antonio Banderas Will Co-Direct A CHORUS LINE in Spain; Auditions Announced! VideoAntonio Banderas Will Co-Direct A CHORUS LINE in Spain; Auditions Announced!
by Jose German Martinez Paneque - Feb 28, 2019

On February 6th Antonio Banderas announced his new project: he will open the new Teatro del Soho Caixabank in Malaga, Spain, and the first show to run in it will be A CHORUS LINE. Today, Banderas, who will co-direct and co-star in the production, has announced auditions for the musical.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 7/25/16- A CHORUS LINE
by Stage Tube - Jul 25, 2016

Today in 1975, A Chrous Line opened at the Shubert THeatre, where it ran for 6137 performances. A Chorus Line is a musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. The book was authored by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics were written by Edward Kleban, and music was composed by Marvin Hamlisch. With nineteen main characters, it is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. The show provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. The original Broadway production received 12 Tony Award nominations and winning nine of them, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


James Kirkwood Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has James Kirkwood written?
James Kirkwood has written 4 shows including Dance Me a Song (Bookwriter), UTBU (Playwright), P. S. Your Cat Is Dead! (Playwright), A Chorus Line (Bookwriter).

What awards has James Kirkwood been nominated for?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for A Chorus Line , Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for A Chorus Line Outstanding New American Play (Drama Desk Awards) for P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! and Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for A Chorus Line .

What awards has James Kirkwood won?
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for A Chorus Line Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for A Chorus Lineand Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for A Chorus Line.